What to do in Tajikistan

Trek to the Fann mountains

Trek the Fann mountains or one of the other major trekking areas of Tajikistan. The Fann mountains stand as one of the best trekking destinations in Central Asia, the scenery here is at times truly magnificent. Popular among nature lovers and mountaineers, these mountains nevertheless see very few visitors and their natural beauty and cultural treasures have remained virtually unaltered to this day. 

 

Drive in Pamir Highway

Drive in 1250 kilometers of magnificent landscapes of the Pamir Highway also known as the M41. It is one of the world’s recognized and famous road-trips and certainly the highlights of Central Asia. Pamir Highway crosses the whole Pamir region of Tajikistan, running from Osh (Kyrgyzstan) to Khorog to Dushanbe. On this road, you can look at China, see some areas of Pakistan and wave to villagers in Afghanistan.

Visit the high altitude botanical garden

According to the Guinness book of World Records, Khorog Botanic Garden is the highest botanical garden in the world. Although, according to other sources it is considered the second-highest after the Botanic Garden in the Nepal. The garden is located in Khorog town, it is a hub of the Pamir.

Relax in the Garm Chasma hot spring

Jump into the Garm Chashma hot spring. It is been known already for thousands of years and is most likely the best and most well-known hot spring in the country. The spring is a least several thousand years old and has created a huge travertine mound with cascades by bringing up the minerals from the soil together with the hot water. 

Explore Silk Road city of Khujand

Khujand has a feel of a more real city compared to Dushanbe having it’s drastic contrast with the new decorated high rises and the clay houses hidden away from sights. Khujand respects it’s history more and feels and has some vibes of an Uzbek city, which is natural as it is located in the mostly Uzbek Ferghana valley, mixed together with the Soviet monumentalism and is the home of the largest Lenin statue in Central Asia, though the 24 m Lenin has now been moved further from city center to the victory park.

Trek to Buddhist Stupa

It is unusual to see Buddhist Stupa in Wakhan Corridor. It is a prove that before the Arab invasion, the Wakhan has a blooming Buddist population. The stupa possibly dates from the 6th century and on its top rests a stone that is said to have an emblem of the Buddha’s footprint. 

Learn about Pamiris

The Pamiris are an Iranian ethnic group who are native to the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region of Eastern Tajikistan. They speak many different dialects of the Persian language. GBAR is entirely autonomous from the central Tajikistan government, having its police, military, and tax systems and its capital is the city of Khorog. 

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